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Steven Morris

Steven Morris:

Partner

Steven is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation Department with over 30 years´ experience specialising in multi jurisdictional and international cases and arbitrations.

Steven specialises in:

 

  • international commercial arbitration and commercial litigation
  • civil fraud and related matters
  • dry shipping
  • company shareholder disputes
  • partnership disputes
  • professional negligence
  • administrative law

 

With experience in offshore tax-related work, he also undertakes trust and tax-related litigation.

Steven leads the International Commercial Arbitration Group and has wide experience of advising clients in international disputes, particularly in the energy sector.  He has dealt with a range of arbitrations including those undertaken under the Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the London Maritime Arbitration Association (LMAA) as well as ad hoc arbitrations.

His clients range from private individuals to multinational companies and foreign Governments. He has significant experience in conducting litigation overseas on behalf of UK individuals and corporations and has advised clients in a wide variety of actions. Following a postgraduate degree specialising in international law, Steven has also been instructed in a public international law case before the International Court of Justice in the Hague.

Steven is a CEDR accredited mediator. He is a member of the International Law Association and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Steven has been appointed as the Vice Chairman of the Pakistan Britain Business Council, having been a Council member since 2003. Steven has close links with the Asian Sub-Continent and the Middle East, in particular Egypt, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Lebanon.

Recent work

  • advising in ICC, LCIA and SIAC Arbitrations concerning energy contracts involving a state-owned entity in a country in the Asian sub-continent
  • instructed on behalf of an Indian client in an ICC Arbitration in London in respect of a private aircraft with the governing law being the law of New York
  • instructed on behalf of a Chilean mining company in an LCIA Arbitration in London in a dispute with a Swiss company with Chilean law as the governing law
  • instructed on behalf of a Polish company in an LMAA Arbitration in a dispute with a state owned Chinese company over the shipment of maize
  • acting for HRH Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, a member of the Saudi Royal Family in proceedings before the English Court in a matter raising issues of state immunity and a claim for an alleged breach of an alleged oral contract; acting for the Prince at trial and on the successful appeal to the Court of Appeal; ultimately, at a retrial, having the claim against the Prince dismissed in its entirety
  • acting for a state-owned entity in the Asian sub-continent resisting claims against it on the basis that it had been induced to give a guarantee by fraudulent misrepresentations
  • acting for an Egyptian client, Mr Magdy Zeid and his family in claims for US $85m against Credit Suisse (Commercial Court and Court of Appeal) on mis-selling of structured products
  • acting for a Jordanian client, Mr Faisal Almhairat in a multi-million pound claim against Middle East parties involving alleged fraud and money laundering
  • acting for His Excellency Sheikh Ghassan Shaker in a case involving a cause of action for fraud relating to misappropriation of the proceeds of sale of a business; consideration of the reflective loss principle